Philodendrons, Elephant Ears, and Other Aroids forum→Thaumatophyllum spruceanum (prev. Philodendron Goeldii) HELP / CARE ADVICE

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May 1, 2020 7:39 PM CST
Morning lovely people (Australian here)

I recently picked up this lovely Thaumatophyllum Spruceanum from my local nursery. It already had brown spots on its older leaves but the new one has come through and it has recently also begun to brown and one of the leaves is curling?

Any advice on this or generally would help so much!! Thanks in advance Smiling
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Name: Adrienne
Ohio (Zone 6b)
May 2, 2020 10:44 PM CST
Lovely plant! I wish I could pick one of those up at a local nursery! That's not one we see around my area!

How long have you had it? Can you say more about how often it's watered and what the light/environment are like?
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
May 3, 2020 5:37 PM CST
I find it pretty easy to grow in the ground. But the truth about this plant is an EPIPHYTE. The problem is that it is a really huge growing epiphyte. It would definitely be happier mounted in the crotch of a really big tree. I know someone down further South in Florida who did that. But I don;t have that capability, so what I did with mine was to hollow out a pit in the sand and fill that with very epiphytic media (orchid bark, perlite, aliflor/leca, styrofoam peanuts) and planted it in there and covered over the top with cypress mulch. That way I can water it liberally in the heat here (which means daily) and not drown it.
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May 3, 2020 8:48 PM CST
Oo thank you for your responses!

I had only had it a week and I think it was getting a lot more sun / was in a more humid place in the nursery. Then a combination of me bringing it home and the weather getting colder here hasn't been good for it.

It's out for a full water in the rain now but that's the first time I'm watering it. Apart from that I had just been misting it. It gets probably 2-3 hours afternoon sun in my room Smiling unfortunately because I'm in a rental I don't want to put it in the ground, but if it keeps being unhealthy I will Lee that in mind! Thank you again

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